American Heart Association Award recognizes Cooper University Hospital’s commitment to quality stroke care
Cooper University Hospital received the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association’s Get With The Guidelines®-Stroke Gold Plus Quality Achievement Award with Target: StrokeSM Honor Roll. The award recognizes the hospital’s commitment to providing the most appropriate stroke treatment according to nationally recognized, research-based guidelines based on the latest scientific evidence.
Cooper University Hospital achieved an 85 percent or higher adherence to all Get With The Guidelines-Stroke achievement indicators for two or more consecutive 12-month periods and a 75 percent or higher compliance with five of eight Get With The Guidelines-Stroke Quality measures to receive the Gold Plus Quality Achievement Award.
“Cooper is committed to improving stroke outcomes in our community,” said Cooper Stroke Program neurologist Thomas R. Mirsen, MD. “This accreditation reinforces the efforts we’ve made toward achieving that goal.”
Cooper University Hospital earned the Target: Stroke Honor Roll by meeting specific quality measures developed to reduce the time between the patient’s arrival at the hospital and treatment with the clot-buster tissue plasminogen activator, or tPA, the only drug approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to treat ischemic stroke. If given intravenously in the first three hours after the start of stroke symptoms, tPA has been shown to significantly reduce the effects of stroke and lessen the chance of permanent disability.
These quality measures are designed to help hospital teams follow the most up-to-date, evidence-based guidelines with the goal of speeding recovery and reducing death and disability for stroke patients.
About the Cooper Neurological Institute
Cooper has one of the most progressive patient- and family-centered neurological centers in the region, offering the most advanced system on the East Coast for noninvasive treatment for brain disorders. The Cooper Neurological Institute (CNI) is dedicated to providing exceptional and compassionate care to patients with neurological diseases and disorders – and applying innovative and promising solutions, from surgery and minimally invasive procedures of the brain and spine, to radiosurgery and magnetic resonance imaging systems. The medical staff at the CNI includes renowned neurologists, neurosurgeons, physiatrists, and many other sub-specialists.
About Get With The Guidelines®
Get With The Guidelines® is the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association’s hospital-based quality improvement program that provides hospitals with tools and resources to increase adherence to the latest research-based guidelines. Developed with the goal of saving lives and hastening recovery, Get With The Guidelines has touched the lives of more than six million patients since 2001. For more information, visit heart.org.